History 2201E Lecture Notes - Lecture 18: Front De Libération Du Québec, Pierre Vallières, Montreal Exchange

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Lecture 18 Part 3 Pierre Elliott Trudeau and the Appearance of French
Canadian Radicals
Pierre Elliott Trudeau
o Strong-willed prime minister who pushed for a strong central
government and national unity
o One of the young intellectuals, studied abroad in US, France and
England
o Was a lawyer, law professor, editor of a journal and joined the federal
Liberal party in 1967
Trudeau becomes the Minister of Justice in 1967
Caught the spotlight by liberalizing many laws
o Wins a strong majority government in 1968
Extremely popular, “Trudeau-mania”
“If there were more men like Trudeau, the world would be a
better place” – John Lennon
o Why all the fuss about Trudeau?
Right man for the right time, understood the time (hippies,
Woodstock, etc.)
Appealed to young and old at the same time, bridged the
generation gap
Sex appeal, similar to John F. Kennedy
Completely bilingual
Committed federalist, national unity most important
Strong central government
Individualist: committed to protecting individual rights, not
group rights
Official Languages Act, 1969
o Declared that both French and English were official languages in
Canada
o Everything in Canada has to be bilingual
All government employees sent to French schools to become
bilingual
English forced on Quebec
First decisive move on Trudeau’s part to deal with Quebec
Appearance of the Radicals and Ultra-Radicals
o Radicals
Made up of young intellectuals
Lots of support
Pushed for the idea of an independent Quebec
Wanted
Nation of English as an official language
English to be restricted in business
Retention of business profits in Quebec
Annexation of certain territories to Quebec, mostly Cree
country
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Lecture 18 part 3 pierre elliott trudeau and the appearance of french. Canadian radicals: strong-willed prime minister who pushed for a strong central government and national unity, one of the young intellectuals, studied abroad in us, france and. England: was a lawyer, law professor, editor of a journal and joined the federal. Trudeau becomes the minister of justice in 1967. Caught the spotlight by liberalizing many laws: wins a strong majority government in 1968. Right man for the right time, understood the time (hippies, Appealed to young and old at the same time, bridged the generation gap. Sex appeal, similar to john f. kennedy. Individualist: committed to protecting individual rights, not group rights. Official languages act, 1969: declared that both french and english were official languages in. Canada: everything in canada has to be bilingual. All government employees sent to french schools to become bilingual. First decisive move on trudeau"s part to deal with quebec.

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